Immigration, Ethnicity and the Reinvention of New England Identity

To explore the theme in The One-in-a-Million Boy of immigrants in northern New England, Conway Public Library will host a talk by Linda Upham-Bornstein, Ph.D. on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 pm.
The New England identity is grounded in iconic white mountain villages rising in the rural morning mist and small town Protestant Yankee values. Yet this notion is a cultural construct. It is not based in the reality of the ever-changing ethnic landscape of the late 19th and early 20th centuries but was a response to deeply rooted fears of immigrants and the need to define what it means to be an American. In this period immigrants from around the globe streamed into New England’s industrial regions and over time spread into its rural environs. Who were they? Where did they live? How do they inform and influence New England’s image and identity today?
Linda Upham-Bornstein is a Professor of History at Plymouth State University.

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